A Guide to Reddit Etiquette and How to get more Votes on Reddit

Why are people downvoting me?

What is karma on Reddit?

What is a meme?

Is there some sort of Reddit etiquette?

How can I get more upvotes on Reddit?

What is the best time to submit to Reddit?

How can I get on the front page of Reddit?

These are the usual questions people ask when talking about Reddit.com We have put together this article to hopefully clear some of these questions up.

REDDIT AN OVERVIEW


Reddit is a website that compiles all the new and popular stuff from across the internet.

Users vote what’s good and what’s junk on the articles, photos, videos, links they feel should be on the front page of Reddit (Also known affectionately as the Front Page of The Internet)

If an article, video or photo of yours makes it onto the front page of Reddit it is likely to see a lot of traffic. Typically over 20,000 views.

There are no “Power Users” on Reddit who’s votes are worth 10X more than other users. Everybody is equal.

The name “Reddit” is a play on words (“Read It”). There are also some interesting but apparently unintentional meanings for the word Reddit documented here

WHAT IS REDDIT KARMA?

Karma is a way of measuring if you are doing things right on Reddit. Along with people being able to upvote or downvote your posts – people can also upvote or downvote your comments on Reddit.

Reddit Karma is a way Reddit records all of this. The more Karma points you have equals people have been upvoting your posts or comments or not. It is a good thing.

“Users gain one point of link karma when another user votes up their submission and lose a point when a user votes down their submission. Individual comments may also be voted up or down by other users and result in a user’s comment karma. Users stop losing karma after their submission reaches 0. This is not the case for comments.” – Reddit Wikipedia page

Here is a list of Reddit users with the highest Karma.

IS THERE SOME SORT OF REDDIT ETIQUETTE


A lot of the time your posts will be downvoted if you don’t follow the Reddit rules.

Some of the basics laws of the land are:

– Keep your post titles factual and free of opinion

– Submit the original source of the content (For example if you are submitting a YouTube video, submit the YouTube video page – not the blog post which you found it on.)

– Don’t ask for votes or hint at getting more votes

– Don’t use time-sensitive words such as “BREAKING” or “NEWS FLASH” in your post titles

– Don’t write titles in ALL CAPS

and most importantly – Post in the right category

Here is a full list of the “Reddiquette”.

You basically want to be a worthwhile contributor to Reddit. You want to add something useful to the discussion. When you comment, comment on something that is relevant/interesting (as opposed to short comments like “lol”, “awesome”, “I upvoted” etc.) If you are educated on the subject being talked about, then give your educated opinion. Share related information.

Don’t try to game the system. Don’t ask people to upvote your posts, don’t form a group of people who just upvote each other’s posts, etc.

ACRONYMS ON REDDIT

Many, many, many acronyms are used on Reddit. Redditors have also throughout the history of the internet created acronyms and popularized them. Here is a list of some of them to help you along your way:

ELI5 means “Explain like I’m 5 (years old)”
DAE means “Does anybody else” or “Does anyone else”
FTFY means “Fixed that for you”
IAMA means “I am a”
AMA means “Ask me anything”
TL;DR means “Too long; Didn’t read”
IANAL means “I am not a lawyer”
TIL means “Today I learned”
YSK means “You should know”
NSFW means “Not safe for work” (sexual content)
NSFL means “Not safe for life” (gory or gross content)
IMO/IMHO means “In my opinion” and “In my humble opinion”, respectively

HOW CAN I GET MORE VOTES ON REDDIT? 3 steps:

1) Have a good title.

Make sure the title is accurate. Make sure there are no typos (or expect to be royally embarrassed in the comments of your post). Phrases like “OMG LOOK AT THIS” or “AMAZING!” tend to annoy Redditors who will downvote you out of existence.

2) Have a good thumbnail.

As with YouTube Videos, Blog posts and the like – the thumbnail has a lot to do with getting people to click through to your content. It is the same with Reddit. People like photos! If the thumbnail is a photo of an empty field it is not likely to contribute to getting more upvotes or click-throughs, but say the article is about Kim Kardashian being hit with an egg – and you make the thumbnail Kim Kardashian ducking for cover – now we are onto something here. It is a thumbnail that continues the message of the title but doesn’t give it all away. Meaning people will need to click onto your post to see the full photo.

3) Try and be relevant.

Before you post, spend a good amount of time on Reddit. Look and see what people are talking about, what is getting upvoted. What is news right now in the Reddit community. You will find that being away from Reddit for a month and picking it up again – it can seem like totally foreign territory. There will be all these “in” jokes, memes and references to earlier postings that you won’t understand. You can also use this to your advantage – if people are obsessed with blind turtles at the moment then write an article about blind turtles and submit it to Reddit.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO SUBMIT TO REDDIT?

Many people have different opinions on this and it seems to have changed over the years. (Exhibit AB & C)

Good times for submitting are:

Just before work on the weekdays, 8:30 am-9:00 am
Just after work on the weekdays, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Sunday afternoon 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Some people say Thursdays are really good and some people say Tuesdays are really good. But the best way to figure this out is to check your own statistics. What is the best day for your blog or website? When do you get the most views? Not during Saturday night football, I bet.

46.5% of visitors to Reddit are from the United States. So these are the times I am referring to, USA times. But saying that if you are trying to reach United Kingdom users with your post then post during UK times.

HOW ARE THE VOTES DETERMINED?

Reddit describes this on their website by saying:

“A submission’s score is simply the number of upvotes minus the number of downvotes. If five users like the submission and three users don’t it will have a score of 2. Please note that the vote numbers are not “real” numbers, they have been “fuzzed” to prevent spam bots, etc. So taking the above example, if five users upvoted the submission, and three users downvote it, the upvote/downvote numbers may say 23 upvotes and 21 downvotes, or 12 upvotes, and 10 downvotes. The points score is correct, but the vote totals are “fuzzed”.”

WHAT IS A MEME?

A meme is [1] “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.”

[2] A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.

This is shown on Reddit often with photos. Say someone posts a photo of a cat looking really angry. Then someone at a later date posts a photo of the cat in response to a comment made about himself to communicate he is angry about the comment. Then someone else uses the photo of the cat to communicate anger, this cat gets named “Angry Cat” and means a certain idea when the photo of the cat is used. Thus creating a meme, the photo of the Cat has become a meme.

SUMMARY:

Everyone gets downvotes. Don’t give up.

Haters are going to hate. Just keep contributing to Reddit, keep being an interesting pillar in the community and one day you will get your front page.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Reddit Home Page
Reddit Wikipedia Page
Reddit Alien on Twitter
The Reddit Blog
How Reddit Works
The Reddit Store – a lot of Reddit Alien (The Reddit Mascot) stuff!

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